Great big truck that can seat up to nine passengers and still fit inside a regular garage. Interior ergonomics are outstanding, and a nice standard equipment list make it competitive with other full-size utes.
Engine could use a bit more oomph; even the optional 5.4-liter has difficulty accelerating beyond speeds of 70 mph. The transmission could also use some refinement; upshifts are rather abrupt and downshifts should happen a bit quicker.
What's New for 1997
Ford's replacement for the aging Bronco is the all-new Expedition. Based on the 1997 F-150 platform, this full-size sport-utility vehicle is poised to do battle with the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon.
by cedric626 on Aug 4, 2013 Vehicle: 1997 Ford Expedition XLT 4dr SUV
I have a 1997 Ford Expedition that I purchase in 2000.
The only maintenance that I have had done to the engine is the sprark blugs and coil paks.
I am repainting it and putting it back on the road after seating for a year.
I am trying to find out what is the record for miles on this 4.6 engine.
by chrischris71 on Jan 1, 2013 Vehicle: 1997 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV
Bought this truck at 300,000 miles with a cracked radiator. Only real maintenance done to this truck is a new radiator, new alternator, one new coil pack,
and some gaskets and seals. Before we started playing around with it it got about 17 city 20-25 highway. After putting a 2.5 inch suspension and 2.5 inch body lift its down to about 10 city and 15-17 highway. Mine is actually the 5.4L Triton V8. Soon the driver side A-frame will need replacing and the passenger side rotor needs to be replaced.
by objr on Mar 9, 2011 Vehicle: 1997 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD
I bought her when my second son was born, traded in the 4 Runner.
Towed the boat many miles and slept in the back camping many days.
Snow, mud, rain did not slow her down.
No major maintenance issues beyond a stuck shifter, compressor and alternator.
Approaching 200,000, hot in winter, cold in summer.
in a foot of snow and pulling a hill, nothing can stop her.
I wanted to jump on the Obama $4,500 clunker deal but I couldn't bring myself to dumping her, they were going to seize her engine.
It would be like putting my dog down, could not do it.
I will drive her until she dies which will probably be around 280,000 to 300,000 miles.
by Not a Ford Guy on Jun 10, 2010 Vehicle: 1997 Ford Expedition XLT 4dr SUV 4WD
We bought our 1997 Expedition XLT 4x4 in 2000 with about 100K miles already on it. I was leery because the first year Exped had already developed a notorious reliability reputation, but the price was so good I couldn't resist. At the time it was a good looking truck (and still isn't bad, after all these years) and gas was "cheap." Well, we've broken 250K miles and have only sunk about $2500 in 10 years into actual repairs, not including "consumables" of course. The small 4.6 L V8, which underpowered for such a large vehicle, still holds its own and still gets 14+ MPG in mixed driving -- and EVERYTHING still works (all electrical, power, transmission, 4WD, etc)! Color me impressed!
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